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Life Begins


Published 1934


Emphasizes the need for a better understanding of the laws governing the infant's mental and physical growth, so that a happier social order can be developed. Similarities, differences, and characteristic ways in which infants react to standardized test situations are shown, as are their everyday life and social reactions to the family group. Discusses the education and mental hygiene of infants and the obligation of science, home, and society to promote the infant's welfare. Provides a condensation of the individual films in the series and an overview of Dr. Arnold Gesell's work at the Yale Clinic of Child Development. Stresses the need for infant hygiene and treats many phases of infant behavior. Dr. Gesell introduces and concludes the film.

From Educational Film Catalog (1939):

Culmination of 24 years of clinical practice and of research on problems of infancy at the Yale clinic of child development under the direction of Dr Arnold Gesell

"Dr. Gesell directs attention to the need for a better understanding of the laws governing the infants mental and physical growth, so that a happier social order may be developed. He proceeds to interpret the similarities, differences and characteristic ways in which infants react to standardized test situations; their everyday life, including sleeping, waking, dressing, bath, their plays and games, learning and emotional behavior, and social reactions to the family group. . . Concludes with . . . comments . . . relative to the education and mental hygiene of infants and the obligation of science, home, school and society to promote the infant's welfare by periodical health examinations, and supervision of his mental growth." Producer


Producer Erpi Classroom Films
Production Company Erpi Classroom Films
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 25, 2013
Subject: Gimme dat block
I always enjoy older films that I can learn from, and this is a great example. Quite a comprehensive study of a child growing, his hand and eye coordination and his hand movements, from 16 weeks up to a year. Not too scientific, the film keeps going without ever becoming to technical for it's own good. The kid doesn't seem exploited at all, the environment, while scientific, doesn't seem harsh or cruel. The first part shows.. I think? that the school comprehensively filmed these activities, filmed them, and is availible to professionals (using a handy dandy viewer (which you can draw on! (though I am suspicious of the success of this). The film seems to continue in the second half of "Baby's Day At 12 Weeks", which is also in the Archive. This is a great little film that comes reccomended by me!
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